Recognized as a Tier 1 leader in her field by Chambers USA and as one of New Jersey's “Best 50 Women in Business” by NJBIZ, Sherilyn Pastor is Practice Group Leader of McCarter’s Insurance Coverage Group. Her group provides legal assistance to corporate policyholders. She is also on the Firm’s Executive Committee.
Ms. Pastor has secured hundreds of millions of dollars in insurance assets for a broad range of policyholder clients. She litigates complex coverage matters throughout the country and provides insurance coverage advice to clients assessing their potential risks, analyzing new insurance products and considering the adequacy of their programs.
Ms. Pastor obtained summary judgment awarding Wakefern Food Corporation insurance for all its 2003 Northeast blackout losses. She assisted Lucent Technologies Inc. (now Alcatel Lucent) to recover its fiduciary liability coverage following various class action settlements with ERISA plaintiffs. She currently is Transamerica Corporation's lead trial and appellate counsel in a dispute with a former subsidiary regarding insurance Transamerica purchased as part of a consolidated risk management structure for itself and its subsidiaries. After a several month trial for this large, multi-national corporate policyholder, Ms. Pastor secured a very favorable ruling that Transamerica had no implied contract with the former subsidiary by virtue of its risk management approach. In addition to soundly rejecting the former subsidiary’s claims in a detailed and thoughtful opinion, the trial court granted Transamerica’s request for declaratory and other relief against the subsidiary. Argument on the subsidiary’s and insurers’ appeals will be held in October 2013.
Ms. Pastor serves on the Editorial Boards of the Insurance Coverage Law Bulletin, and is a consultant on the New Appleman Insurance Law Practice Guide. She is the Chair (Policyholder Side) of the ABA Litigation Section’s Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee, having served as Vice-Chair from 2009-2012 and as co-chair of various ICLC subcommittees since 2002. Ms. Pastor also is a founding member of the American College of Coverage and Extra-Contractual Counsel (2012-Present), and a member of the New Jersey Supreme Court’s Professional Responsibility Rules Committee.
Ms. Pastor is recognized in The International Who's Who of Insurance & Reinsurance, and has been honored as a New Jersey Super Lawyer since 2005. She was a TWINS honoree in 2011. She publishes and lectures frequently on insurance, trial skills and ethics matters.